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NYC: Peace of Mind Benefit: An Evening of Contemplation and Music

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, 
New York, NY 10025

An evening of contemplation and music to benefit Still Waters in a Storm and Mission 22. Featuring readings and conversation with Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness, and Susan Cain, author of Quiet and a keynote speech by Bob Kerrey, former United States Senator, Governor and veteran of the Vietnam War. The show closes with music by Dar Williams, guided meditation led by The Big Quiet and chanting by Nina Rao, accompanied by cellist Noah Hoffeld.

Still Waters in a Storm is a one-room schoolhouse, a reading and writing sanctuary for immigrant children ages 5-17 in the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. The structure of our meetings is the same in English, Spanish, Latin and Musical Notation: children and grown-ups study a text together, each writes something inspired by the text, then they take turns reading their writings out loud while everyone listens in a sacred hush. The one rule is, "Everyone listens to everyone." The simple grace of this ritual changes lives for the better.

Mission 22 is a non-profit who combats the ever-rising veteran suicide rate. Every day, more than twenty veterans are lost to suicide. Mission 22 wants to bring that number to zero. It does this with three main programs; veteran treatment programs, memorials and national awareness. Mission 22 provides treatment programs to veterans for Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and other issues they might be facing. It organizes events and builds memorials to create social impact and awareness for these issues. Mission 22 also has an Ambassador volunteer program for people to get involved as well. Ambassadors educate the public on veteran issues, help get veterans into Mission 22 treatment programs and create resources in their communities. Through these three programs, it enables a push for the betterment of our nation's heroes and stands united in the war against veteran suicide.

Special Note: We invite you all to use the "student" ticket buying option for this event, which will allow you to purchase a ticket at a discounted student rate.